Set Profile > Guildford Chambers > Guildford, England

Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers
STOKE HOUSE, LEAPALE LANE
GUILDFORD
GU1 4LY
England

Family and children law Tier 2

Guildford Chambers 'is a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield'. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are 'all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients', with Coates 'a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers'.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersShe is highly experienced, has excellent manner with clients and deals with her cases calmly and with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersHer combined strengths are superb skills as an advocate, a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and law in child cases and an empathy for the client's position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

George Coates - Guildford ChambersHe is known for his reassuring manner and for being forthright and pragmatic in delivering his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersShe has good sound knowledge on complicated children cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Property and construction

At Guildford Chambers, Rowan Morton has a broad property practice which covers issues of trusts of land, equitable accounts, adverse possession, rights of way, covenants and construction law.

Leading Juniors

Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in property and commercial litigation as well as diligent, thorough and detailed.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

Guildford Chambers, with bases in Guildford, London, and Reading, is a multidisciplinary set with particular strength in family law.

Testimonials

Clerks:

A friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team.

All provide an excellent service. Responsive and reliable

Both Gavin Street and Simon Morris are excellent clerks. They really value their relationships with their solicitors. They are both efficient and reliable

Clerks are exceptional, efficient and always willing to help and accommodate any situation.

Excellent as Simon and Gavin are always proactive, reliable and innovative.

Excellent. Always reliable. Very friendly and helpful when things don’t quite go according to plan due to court changes etc. Prompt in responding and providing information requested. This particularly relates to Gavin Street.

Gavin and Simon are both brilliant clerks, organised, professional and very friendly. They are both approachable and easy to work with. They are extremely helpful.

I am quite happy with the service provided by Simon and Gavin, they are quick to action and to getting back.

Set:

An important local resource. A well run and respected set.

Guildford Chambers offer an excellent service and have a good selection of very experienced practitioners.

I’ve known Guildford Chambers for thirty years and watch it grow into a well regarded, well run set of chambers which has a particular expertise in Family Law and TOLATA. The clerks are efficient and and accommodating. You feel really looked after by them.

As a Chambers they have a very strong presence in the local area and over the last few years their Commercial practice has developed significantly. In the area in question, Property and Construction, they are very strong. Their knowledge, expertise and experience in this area is comparable to and commensurate with London sets.

The set holds regular seminars on key issues or updates in particular areas and these are always topical, useful and well prepared and delivered.

Well rounded set with a variety of expertise and experience.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law Tier 2

Guildford Chambers 'is a strong set of barristers, predominantly in family law, that has established a good reputation not only locally but further afield'. Members act across the entire breadth of family instructions, including financial remedy work as well as children law matters. A set comprising of juniors, head of chambers George Coates is a key senior name for financial matters, while Fiona Griffin  and Claire Shrimpton are at the forefront of child law at the set. Counsel at this set are 'all friendly and approachable and work well with solicitors and lay clients', with Coates 'a highly-regarded barrister and well-liked by his peers'.

Leading Juniors: Child Law (Public and Private)

Claire Shrimpton - Guildford ChambersTotally professional but sympathetic towards her clients and with thorough knowledge of her subject.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Griffin - Guildford ChambersShe gives down-to-earth advice and is good with the clients, putting them at their ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christine Julien - Guildford ChambersShe is highly experienced, has excellent manner with clients and deals with her cases calmly and with confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Janet Hayward - Guildford ChambersHer combined strengths are superb skills as an advocate, a wide-ranging knowledge of the issues and law in child cases and an empathy for the client's position.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

George Coates - Guildford ChambersHe is known for his reassuring manner and for being forthright and pragmatic in delivering his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Austin - Guildford ChambersA talented junior with formidable client care skills.
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique Gillan - Guildford ChambersAlways extremely well prepared, very good with the client and not flustered by an angry opponent, she is particularly good with matters involving businesses.
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorley - Guildford ChambersShe has good sound knowledge on complicated children cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

At Guildford Chambers, Rowan Morton has a broad property practice which covers issues of trusts of land, equitable accounts, adverse possession, rights of way, covenants and construction law.

Leading Juniors

Rowan Morton - Guildford ChambersExtremely knowledgeable in property and commercial litigation as well as diligent, thorough and detailed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrew Austin  photo Andrew Austin Family Andrew accepts instructions in family law, specialising in private children and…
 George Coates photo George Coates Family George Coates specialises in financial remedies in divorce proceedings and related…
 Michael Jones  photo Michael Jones Family: Michael has experience in ancillary relief and conducting all matters in…
Miss Harriet Lavis  photo Miss Harriet Lavis Family Public Law Children: Advising and acting for parents, extended family members,…
 Chris McCauley  photo Chris McCauley Commercial and Company Christopher’s commercial practice has a chancery focus and his…
 Victoria McLaughlin  photo Victoria McLaughlin Ancillary relief: advising and acting in all aspects of ancillary relief and…
 Hannah Mcsorley  photo Hannah Mcsorley Hannah joined chambers in 2011, having completed her pupillage in a leading…
 Amanda Minto  photo Amanda Minto Amanda is a specialist family law barrister specialising in both family finance…